Governor Knowles State Forest

Visit a wilderness area along the St. Croix River in northwestern Wisconsin. Surrounds a 190-acre stand of old growth red pines along the St. Croix River estimated to have originated in the mid-1890s. The area includes many fine trout streams as well as the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Group camping. Rustic river and backpack camping by permit. Brant Brook Pines Natural Area is separated from the St.Croix River by forest acreage.


State Forest: 1 mi. W of Grantsburg, CTH WState Natural Area within Gov. Knowles State Forest: From Grantsburg, go north on Cty. F 3.7 miles, then west on Bloom Road 2 miles, then north on Gile Road 0.75 mile to the Brant Brook Pines Ski Trail parking are


  • Disabled Access

Campground Type

  • Backpack
  • Group Sites

Publicly Owned

  • Yes

Trail Length (miles)

  • 38

Fish Type

  • Lake Trout

Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing Trail Type

  • Tracked
  • Hilly
  • Wooded


  • Yes

Camping Hook-ups

  • Electric